Cover Photo Courtesy Ian Brooks Photography
Wearing special camouflage jerseys in honour of Remembrance Day, the Owen Sound Attack looked like a finely tuned machine as they trampled over the Sudbury Wolves.
A two goal, three point night in his return to action, Jonah Gadjovich helped lead the Attack to a 7-3 walloping of the Sudbury Wolves, while five others also recorded multipoint evenings including Sean Durzi who registered two tallies and a helper on the evening.
Also finding the back of the net on the night were Matthew Struthers, Kevin Hancock, and Brady Lyle, while Mack Guzda made 18 stops in the win.
The Attack got off to a quick start, scoring thanks to a perfect forced turnover in the offensive zone that saw Sean Durzi pick the top corner only 2:04 into the game.
There were no assists on the defenseman’s 10th goal of the season, a complete solo effort in which he timed his pinch perfectly before launching a wrister high over the glove of Marshall Frappier.
It didn’t take the good guys to double their lead either, with Jonah Gadjovich making it 2-0 in his first game since Oct. 14.
Gadjovich’s 6th of the year came with 7:07 to play in the frame and came off of a highlight-of-a-night worthy passing play that saw all five Attack skaters touch the puck before Gadjovich put it into the empty net. Nick Suzuki and Kevin Hancock picked up the two assists on the play, which made it a two goal advantage for just 53 seconds.
That’s when a turnover in the Attack zone resulted in a puck finding Kyle Rhodes’ stick before finding the back of the net on a quick snapshot to make it 2-1.
The Attack weren’t about to let Sudbury back into the game though, and just one minute later Gadjovich was making sure his presence was known by scoring his 2nd of the night.
This one came by way of a traditional Gadjovich goal, with the Vancouver Canucks product parking himself in front of the net and knocking in a bouncing puck for his 7th of the year.
Jacob Friend and Kevin Hancock registered the assists on the play, the period’s final goal.
Owen Sound’s big guns were back at it early in the 2nd too, scoring on another gorgeous passing sequence just 1:38 into the stanza.
Also picking up his 2nd of the night was Sean Durzi, who went roof again after Kevin Hancock found him high in the slot trailing the play. Nick Suzuki also assisted on the tally, making it four Owen Sound players with multi-point evenings.
Despite a flurry of pressure by the Bears following Durzi’s goal, no one was able to beat Frappier with another and the teams would head to the 3rd period with the 4-1 score still standing.
Sudbury opened the scoring in the 3rd, finding the back of the net after some confusion at the offensive blueline saw the Attack turn the puck over and allow Darion Pilon to break in uncontested just 39 seconds into the period.
And that tally set off a flurry of goal scoring at both ends of the ice.
Just over a minute after the Wolves made it 4-2, Chase Campbell and Matthew Struthers combined on a shorthanded marker that saw Struthers bang home his 6th of the year after three solid attempts from the front of the Sudbury net.
But the next Attack penalty kill wouldn’t be as fruitful for the home team.
In fact, after going oh-for on their first three attempts, Sudbury was finally able to find the back of the net on the man advantage thanks to a Cole Candella shot at with 14:56 to play in the game, making every the Bayshore faithful clutch their seats a little bit tighter.
But the game was never in doubt and Kevin Hancock was able to make it a 6-3 margin with a snipe from the circle to the left of Frappier with 12:08 remaining in regulation.
The score then stayed the same until Brady Lyle took advantage of some undisciplined Wolves play and blasted a slapshot home at 18:53 of the 3rd to cap off a 7-3 Attack victory.
The Mark McDade Chestnut Park Shots on Goal finished at 44-21 for Owen Sound in the win.
Gadjovich and Durzi were named the Mac Taylor Corporation 1st and 2nd Stars respectively on Saturday night, while Sudbury’s Kyle Rhodes was named the game’s 3rd star.
Kevin Hancock, who had a goal and two assists, was named the Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game.
The Attack will wrap up their weekend with a game against the Sarnia Sting at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Puck drop is slated for 2:05pm and can be listened to on Kia of Owen Sound/Terry’s Trailer Service Bear Radio or watched on Rogers Local 53.
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